Golden Pond, KY – Visitor facilities at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area will begin late fall and winter operation schedules in November.
Beginning November 1st, The Homeplace and Woodlands Nature Station will be open Wednesday-Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm. North and South Welcome Stations will be open Wednesday-Sunday, 9:00am-5:00pm during November.The Homeplace, Nature Station, and North and South Welcome Stations will be closed Thanksgiving Day, and all of December, January, and February. However, The Homeplace and Nature Station will offer various guided programs, including the popular Bald Eagle Van and River Cruise Tours.
The Golden Pond Planetarium will offer shows seven days a week during November (except on Thanksgiving Day) through Sunday, December 23rd. Starting November 29th, visitors will experience vivid laser lights set to holiday music and other shows digitally projected on a 40-foot dome.
Additionally, Planetarium shows will be offered on December 27th, 28th, and 29th. The Planetarium will reopen for daily shows Thursday, January 2nd, after the holiday season. Groups of 10 or more can make reservations by calling 270.924.2020. Visit www.lbl.org and click on Calendar of Events for a complete schedule.
The Elk & Bison Prairie remains open year-round, dawn-to-dusk. The Golden Pond Visitor Center is also open year-round, 9:00am-5:00pm daily, with the exceptions of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The winter months offer the best chance of viewing elk, as the colder and shorter days draw the elk out later in the morning and earlier in the afternoon to feed.
While the developed campgrounds, Energy Lake, Hillman Ferry, and Piney will be closed beginning December 1st, 2013, campers will find self-service fee camping areas and all backcountry areas open throughout the winter. Wranglers Campground and Turkey Bay OHV Area, as well as the hiking and biking trails and the Golden Pond Target Range, will also remain open throughout the winter unless inclement weather causes temporary closures for visitor safety. The Golden Pond Target Range will continue its Wednesday morning closures until 11:00am, to allow for safe clean-up and maintenance of the area.
When planning a trip to Turkey Bay OHV Area and during times of excessive wet conditions, it is recommended that visitors “Call Before You Haul.” Please call 270.924.2000 and press 1 for updates on weather related closures or check the Alerts & Notices page on LBL’s website.
Come Outside and Play at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. Managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Land Between The Lakes provides outdoor recreation, lake access, and environmental education for the public to enjoy. Visitors are encouraged to review the official website at www.lbl.org often for Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, temporary trail and road closures, and more, or call 800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000. Follow LBL on Twitter @LBLScreechOwl or @LandBtwnLakes. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.